Poet's showcase

the gravity of falling objects

By Ed Tato

and a man might snap


hopping with his hands on his rifle,

or he might sit

eating sunflowers and smoking a hookah,

or he might study the Koran,

listening for the muezzin.

and a man might see a man hopping

and put him in a music video,

or he might get a nose job

and change the color of his skin,

or he might dance atop a vehicle parked outside a courtroom.

and I might say the word


or jihad

or mujahadeen

or michael jackson,

or I might put them in a poem,

or I might pack up and head north,

to stand in the snow below the northern lights.

-- Ed Tato is a Lawrence poet. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.


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